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Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – Annual report of activities of the Venice Commission in 2013


Council of Europe, Strasbourg – The president of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the Commission’s Annual Report of Activities for 2013. The presentation was followed by an exchange of views with the Ministers Deputies.

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During the current Covid-19 pandemic, national governments are taking exceptional measures to slow down the spread of the virus. On numerous occasions, the Venice Commission examined the limits of such emergency powers. The Commission has consistently underlined that State security and public safety can only be effectively guaranteed in a democracy which fully respects the rule of law. Even in genuine cases of emergency situations, the rule of law must prevail.



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